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Exhibit: “Early Methodists and Their Books”

Presented through December 14 by Bridwell Library at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology


Page from John Emory's journal

John Emory (1789-1835) was a skilled Methodist leader who was an editor of The Methodist Magazine. Elected bishop in 1832, Emory was a strong advocate for education, helping to establish educational institutions as well as being the namesake of Emory College (now Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia). In 1820 Emory travelled to Liverpool and became the first American to serve as a delegate at the Methodist General Conference in England. Exhibited is Emory’s manuscript journal of 1820, which records his travels to Liverpool and London and his meetings with incoming Conference President Jabez Bunting (1779–1858), past President Jonathan Crowther (1759–1824), and the great Methodist scholar, Adam Clarke.

August 29, 2012

Dallas (SMU) – Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University announces an exhibition, “Early Methodists and Their Books,” August 20 – December 14, 2012.

This exhibition in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library features 50 items that reveal how readers in the first century of the Methodist tradition (c. 1739–1839) acquired, read, inscribed, annotated, and treasured their books.

These volumes include several owned by John or Charles Wesley, manuscripts used by early Methodist ministers, and numerous books and hymnals inscribed with the names of everyday Methodist pioneers, male and female, in England and America.

There is no charge for admission to this exhibition or Bridwell Library. An online version of the exhibition will be available at

Bridwell Library is located at 6005 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, Texas, 75205. More information about Bridwell Library is available at, or at 214-768-3483, Information about public parking at SMU, along with maps of the SMU campus, is available at

Bridwell Library offers a rich array of materials and services in support of the study and research needs of the students and faculty of Perkins School of Theology and the Graduate Program in Religious Studies. Bridwell is also the principal bibliographic resource at Southern Methodist University for the fields of theology and religious studies. Bridwell welcomes researchers from all areas of the university as well as the extended religious and academic communities

Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911 at Southern Methodist University, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Church Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry, as well as the Ph.D., which is offered as a cooperative venture by Perkins School of Theology and the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at SMU.

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